KB4559309 is becoming an infamous Windows update since it pushed the brand new Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge browser to devices running Windows 10.
Even though many considered this update a method that Microsoft turned to to be able to force the installation of Microsoft Edge, simply blocking this update or while using company’s Edge Blocker Toolkit made it possible to avoid the brand new browser from being installed on a tool.
But however, once KB4559309 reached a Windows 10 device, it automatically conducted the transition from Microsoft Edge legacy towards the Chromium-powered sibling, moving all data to the new browser, including favorites, browsing history, passwords, and everything else.
However, the knowledge with KB4559309 hasn’t necessarily been the smoothest, and according to a report from BornCity, some users even reported Windows 10 becoming slower after installing this update.
While it’s unclear if this sounds like what convinced Microsoft to pull the update, KB4559309 is no longer offered to Windows 10 devices. Instead, as WL noticed, there’s a new update in town that does pretty much exactly the same thing.
This time around, it ships as KB4576754, and it is purpose would be to offer Microsoft Edge to devices running Windows 10. And it utilizes a similar approach like the update that it replaces to accomplish its goal.
“Microsoft has released a brand new Chromium-based form of Microsoft Edge. This new version provides very best in class compatibility with extensions and websites. Additionally, this new version provides great support for the latest rendering capabilities, modern web applications, and robust developer tools across all supported OS platforms,” Microsoft explains around the official KB page.
Based on the company itself, installing this update has the same effects as installing the update it replaces. So once it reaches your device, it moves your Start menu pins, tiles, and shortcuts from Microsoft Edge legacy towards the Chromium browser. Exactly the same thing for taskbar pins and shortcuts.
“The new Microsoft Edge will be pinned to the taskbar. When the current version of Microsoft Edge has already been pinned, it will likely be replaced. The brand new Microsoft Edge will add a shortcut towards the desktop. When the current version of Microsoft Edge already includes a shortcut, it will likely be replaced,” Microsoft says.
The organization doesn’t provide any information regarding its decision to drag the prior update and release a brand new one that does virtually exactly the same thing, however it does make sure the objective of KB4576754 is to continue the rollout from the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge browser.
“This update replaces previously released updates KB4541301, KB4541302 and KB4559309,” Microsoft says.
Thanks to the migration to the Chromium engine, Microsoft Edge is a cross-platform browser, so in addition to Windows 10, it’s also available on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and macOS. The company has already confirmed that it’s working on a Linux form of the browser, but for the time being, no release date has been provided. It’s believed that a testing build, however, could be shipped by the end of the entire year.
Meanwhile, it appears as though the migration to Chromium has turned Microsoft Edge into one of the most popular browsers on the desktop, as it recently were able to overtake Firefox and be the second most-used app in this category. It’s still not even close to number one Chrome, however for Microsoft, this is quite an accomplishment, especially because its browsers will always be considered the very best apps to download Google Chrome or Firefox.
The rollout of the new Edge continues to devices around the globe, so if you see this new update on your computer, it’s the updated browser that’s shipped to your device.